Northwestern Oklahoma State University head basketball coach Andrew Brown has added five recruits to the 2011-12 Ranger basketball squad and could possibly add one more player at a later time.
“This class addresses now and the future,” stated Brown. “We feel like we really upgraded our skill level on the perimeter and our size on the baseline. It takes a lot of elements to be good, but it always starts with having good enough talent. I feel good about the talent level on this roster that is returning and feel we added great pieces to it.”
Ryan Bruce, University of Texas-Arlington – Glen Rose, Texas
Bruce will join the Rangers after a red shirt season at UTA. He averaged 21 points, six rebounds and five assists per game under Wayne Roberts at Glen Rose High School in Glen Rose, Texas. He was named to the 3A All-State team while shooting 49 percent from the field, including 41 percent from three-point range. As a senior he made 79 three’s.
“We feel good that Bruce is a nice fit,” stated Brown. “We hoped to add a guard with size and a strong ability to knock down the three-point shot. Everywhere he has been his coaches have been impressed with his toughness, intangibles and the ability to find a way to get things done.
Jesse Smith, 6-7, Forward, Kopperl High School – Kopperl, Texas
Signed on Nov. 3, Smith went on to have an excellent senior season. He led Kopperl High School to the Class A semifinals, while leading the team in scoring, rebounding and blocks. His 27 points and 14 rebounds per game landed him a spot on the first-team all-state team and first-team all-region team. He was named District Player of the Year and was a member of the TABC All-Star Team and the Texas Sports Hall of Fame All-Star Game.
“Jesse is a good kid and fits in great with our team,” remarked Brown. “He brings a strong low post presence and loves to compete. He also has a pretty good feel for blocking shots and really impacts the boards. Jesse has a lot of upside.”
T’aries Taylor, 6-0, Guard, Northwest Classen High School – Oklahoma City
Taylor led the Knights of Northwest Classen in scoring 18 points per game and chipped in 4.5 assists per game. He also helped lead them to the 5A area finals.
“T’aries is a combo guard that can shoot, score and handle the ball well,” stated Brown. “He has versatility, a good work ethic and will fit in very well in time. I envision him as more of a point guard at our level. He will have to become accustomed to playing his game from that position. I like the way he competes. There is no doubt in my mind his best basketball is ahead of him.”
Yves Saintelo, 6-3, Wing, Dodge City Community College – Ocoee, Fla.
Saintelo was a standout player at Dodge City Community College in Dodge City, Kan., averaging eight points and four rebounds per game for the Conquistadors.
“We think we got a kid who can do a little bit of everything,” remarked Brown. “He takes pride in his work and impressed me with his alertness and attention to detail. Yves has good handle, can mismatch the wing positions with his ability to score, change direction and post.”
Andrew McNabb, 6-1, Guard, College of the Siskiyous – Detroit, Mich.
McNabb comes to Northwestern from the College of the Siskiyous where he was a first-team all-conference selection and averaged 18 points, five rebounds, two steals and a pair of assists each game.
“Andrew brings us quickness, athleticism and more scoring punch on the perimeter,” said Coach Brown. “We really like his ability to make plays without having to set him up. His ability to shoot the perimeter shot and get to the basket is a dimension we did not consistently have last year.”
Mon, June 20, 2011
by Ryan Hintergardt